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insertion force A measurement of the required pressure to engage mating connectors.
Insulation In cable, a material used to cover wires to prevent contact of adjacent conductors which would result in a short circuit.
Insulator The part of a connector that holds the contacts. Also referred to as the connector housing.
Interconnect Mating connectors or cable assembly used to make connection from one connector or board to another connector or board.
Interface The surfaces of two connectors which face each other when mated.
Intermateable When a connector manufactured by one company will mate directly with a competitor's connector.
ISO International Organization for Standardization - Organization comprised of standards groups from around the world that develop international and national standards for a variety of fields including data communication.
Isochronous Time dependent. Processes where data must be delivered within certain time constraints.
Jackscrew A connector accessory (one or two per connector) used to draw mating connectors together and to separate them. Includes a threaded screw on one connector which screws into the threads on the mating connector.
Jumper A metal bridge that closes an electrical circuit. Typically, a jumper consists of a plastic plug that fits over a pair of protruding pins, like CA's 2-pin shorting jumper (02SJO-A).